“When the SAS is called upon to do what we’re trained to do, we have been likened to a surgeon cutting out a cancer. It’s a filthy and difficult job. We don’t like doing it, but it’s our duty”
The 1980’s is generally regarded as a ‘golden’ age for explosive action movies at the cinema and in 1982 fresh from a hugely successful TV career Lewis Collins was cast in the British actioner “Who Dares Wins”. Based in part on the storming of the Iranian Embassy Siege in 1980 and the book “The Tiptoe Boys” it tells the story of how Britain’s elite fighting force the S.A.S. operates. Released at a time to be considered politically incorrect it never achieved the success or praise it richly deserved but has since gone on to be a firm favourite with fans of gritty action genre films. The original 1982 UK quad movie poster offered here is from first year of release and displays and presents to excellent effect. Originally folded (as issued) the colours are bright and unfaded and the imagery dramatic and exciting. With hardly a defect of note this beautiful unrestored film poster represents a fine example of rare and collectable original movie memorabilia from one of the best British action films of the 80’s.
Trivia #1: When the movie’s grand action sequence, the storming of the embassy by SAS troopers, to be played by movie stuntmen, was about to be filmed, the real-life SAS soldiers offered to do the sequence for the production, not requiring the use of stuntmen. For director Ian Sharp, it was an offer he simply couldn’t refuse, as this level of authenticity couldn’t be achieved by acting stuntmen, no matter how well trained.
Trivia #2: The movie was one of former actor and US President Ronald Reagan‘s favourite films. Producer Euan Lloyd personally delivered a print of the movie via Concorde jet to Camp David so Reagan could watch the film. Reportedly, Reagan allegedly thought it was the best ever movie made about terrorism he had ever seen and congratulated Lloyd.…more detail
UK Quad / (30″ x 40″) / Single Sided / Printed in England by Lonsdale & Bartholomew Ltd
UK / British
Very Fine Plus / Originally Folded (as issued)
Edward Woodward, John Duttine, Judy Davis, Lewis Collins, Richard Widmark, Robert Webber